The Airmen's Stories - Mid. (FAA) P J Patterson
Peter John Patterson was born in January 1921 in Kings Norton, Birmingham and entered the Air Branch of the Royal Navy on 1st July 1939, rated as a Midshipman. He did his elementary flying training at 24 EFTS Sydenham.
He went to 7 FTS Peterborough for No. 7 (FAA) Course, which ran from 11th December 1939 to 27th May 1940.
With the course completed, Patterson was attached to the RAF on 15th June. He went to 7 OTU Hawarden, converted to Spitfires and joined 242 Squadron at Coltishall on 1st July.
He was killed on 20th August 1940 when his Hurricane, P 2967, dived vertically into the sea and exploded, five miles NE of Winterton during a squadron patrol, from an unknown cause.
Patterson was 19. He is remembered on the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at Lee-on-Solent.